Rugby star Jon Wilkin supports free school meals to help children tackle school work

Rugby star Jon Wilkin is supporting a government scheme to tackle poor nutrition with Universal Free School meals.

The St Helens player who has won four challenge cups and one grand final winners’ medal and represented England in three tri-nations competitions and one World Cup, welcomes the Government’s Universal Free School Meals scheme, which means that from September all infant school children will be entitled to a free healthy school meal.

Universal Free School Meals can save parents up to £400 a year as well as ensuring that every child will enjoy a nutritious lunch.

Good food and good food culture in schools has been shown to lead not only to healthier children, but is linked with improved attainment.

Positive eating habits help concentration and performance in the classroom which in turn can have a real positive effect on learning.

Welcoming the initiative, Jon says,

“As an athlete I take nutrition very seriously. It forms part of my daily routine and plays a vital role in ensuring I am ready and focussed for the physical and mental rigours or not only rugby league but day to day life.

“I know how important it is to have a balanced diet and for children in particular to eat well and healthily. Good balanced nutrition early on is vital and provides the firm foundations for the future.”

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